WicketsContemporary Kitchen, London
Simon Eldon Photography
Interior design by Carine Harrington
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Induction hobsOnly a few years ago, induction cooking was somewhat of a rarity compared with gas and electric, and also much more expensive. But fast forward a few years and the cost of induction hobs is now more competitive, fuelling their growing popularity. Fast, safe and with a clean, sleek look, these hobs are the ideal cooktop for busy modern lives. The simple controls make them incredibly easy to use, and they’re instantly responsive, so you can quickly change the temperature at any point during cooking. They’re more energy efficient than gas or electric, and because the surface doesn’t get hot, it also means that as well as being safer, you don’t have to wait for them to cool before wiping down after use. While many people will always prefer gas cooking, induction hobs are a great alternative for those looking for speed, convenience and flexibility in the kitchen.
Jargon bust No 6: Induction hobsInduction hobs may look the same as glass-topped ceramic ones, but they function differently. Glass ceramic hobs provide heat through electrical heating elements under the surface. An induction hob uses circular copper coils beneath the glass. Electricity is passed through the coils, creating an electromagnetic field, which creates heat energy within the pan itself upon contact rather than heating it from the outside. It basically turns the pan into a cooker, rather than just heating up the pan. Induction hobs are quicker and more energy efficient (and so cheaper to run) than glass-topped ones, but they’re also pricier to buy.
The downstairs great room went through the most changes in the makeover. Once four small rooms and a garage, it’s now a combined kitchen and family area. Kitchen cabinetry, counters: Intoto; all appliances: Miele